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  • Deploying desktop images from a Win 2003 Server!

    Hi,
    What are the various possible methods of deploying images
    to the desktops from a server?Please share ur experiences.
    I heard u can use ghost images with Bart PE bootable CD.
    If so what is the procedure?
    Regards,
    Spidey

  • #2
    Re: Deploying desktop images from a Win 2003 Server!

    You don't really need the bartPE boot disc.

    Just use a ghost network boot floppy that you create using Ghost and then burn that onto a CD using nero or roxio. That in itself becomes a bootable ghost network cd.

    We are using symantec ghost suite to multicast to our clients when we boot them using the ghost cd.

    so far its worked for us.

    just remember to prep the pc using sysprep and use that image to distribute or else you end up with duplicate SIDs and we've had strange problems like systems loosing trust with the domain.

    Altaris has a solution like this as well. You might want to look them up. They might be cheaper than symantec's pricing.

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    • #3
      Re: Deploying desktop images from a Win 2003 Server!

      you don't neccisarily have to sysprep the machine,

      we've always set up the machine how we want it, then remove it from the domain, save the image,

      then when you dump this onto the other pc's

      change the pc name, restart and then join the domain

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      • #4
        Re: Deploying desktop images from a Win 2003 Server!

        Originally posted by ind13
        you don't neccisarily have to sysprep the machine,
        I would always recommend Sysprepping a machine prior to using the same image on multiple machines.

        Sysprep is a small utility that prepares a system on a hard disk for duplication (or cloning) and customization. It does not perform the actual duplication of the master image onto target machines (third-party utilities are required for this purpose), but ensures that the security identifiers (SIDs) are unique for each target system.

        We use ghost32 via winPE using RIS.

        Our process

        Boot the PC form the network card
        Connect to the RIS server
        Start the RIS process and text setup which starts the WinPE custom setup
        Image the drive using ghost32.

        We can also clone the existing drive to the server prior to loading a new image.

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